I have to say, I absolutely LOVED creating this cake. It’s the most fun I’ve had in the kitchen in a long time, and I definitely felt like I was a kid again. Which I think is exactly what baking and blogging should feel like! I can’t say it was without a little bit of frustration too, which is also part of baking, photographing and blogging I guess.
I can’t even remember the last time I piped icing on gingerbread cookies and at first it was just frustrating but after a good night’s sleep (it never fails me), I sort of got the hang of it. I will probably never be a master at it but I do enjoy it! Perhaps this year will be the year I make a gingerbread house again? We’ll see, we’ll see…
I love experimenting with recipes and tried a couple of different versions for the gingerbread layer, but in the end, this one with lingonberries was definitely my favorite. Lots and lots of flavor and so moist (I know a lot of people hate that word but I don’t know what other word to use, hehe).
I also experimented with getting that blueish grey shade on the cake. I was thinking about how blueberry powder reacts when I add lemon juice to it – it becomes pink when you add something acidic, so I figured it would become more blue when adding something alkaline. And it totally worked! Feel free to try it if you want, or don’t if you think it sounds weird. I promise you it’s not though! Hope you like it!
It looks fantastic, Linda ! I love to think that some good things had not changed over these years : one of them is to read your blog and discover marvellous creations of yours 🙂
That’s so sweet of you, Steve!! Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂
Karen Burns says
this is so inspiring, so beautiful, so creative!! swoon!
Thanks Karen, so glad you like it! 🙂
Dagmar Janíková says
What wonderful photos!!!
Thank you Dagmar!!
DEBORA GARRA says
If there was the essence of Christmas, it would surely be locked between these pages, in these pictures, in this cake.
As always you go beyond any human imagination… You’re the best!!
You’re too sweet Debora <3 Thank you so much!!
Too cool! And I never know what other word to use besides moist either.
Thank you so much Adrienne! Moist is a good word, hehe 🙂
This cake is so cool that I am totally in love Linda!!! ❤️? The pics are awesome, seeing them I’m already on Christmas mood. So cute Mozart in your arms!!!?
Thank you soo much María!! You’re so sweet 🙂 And I agree Mozart is the cutest!! <3
Chloe (Musings on Dinner) says
This is utterly, utterly charming. I’ve seen gingerbread villages before but this is such a unique take on the design and concept
Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Chloe!! <3
CJ | A Well-Read Tart says
I am in awe of you and this beautiful cake, from the time you took to bake and decorate individual cookies to the ph experimentation you did to acheive that gorgeous grey blue icing. ? This is a work of art!!!! And your little doggie is adorable. ?
Thank you so much, CJ!! I had so much fun making it 🙂 And I agree that he is the cutest <3 <3
This is such a beautiful cake – great idea using a gingerbread village for it! 🙂
Always love your photos!
Thank you so much Nadja!!
Rosita Krapseviciute says
I have just discovered you and it changed my life! I haven’t seen anything as beautiful as your work. You have officially one more fan.
Love from Lithuania <3
Aw that’s so sweet of you! Thank you so much Rosita <3
Mike S. says
I have never been in love with a cake- before today. It’s wonderful in every way. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, Mike! I’m so glad you like it 🙂
I always want to make a gingerbread house but I feel like it’s a lot of things wasted so I never do. This cake fixes all of that. The little fun houses can be eaten along with the cake! I love it, thanks so much for sharing and for such beautiful photos.
Emily Carrick says
I baked your Gingerbread cake this week and substituted natural yoguurt for the sour cream as I didn’t have sourcream in the fridge. I didn’t have time for icing or decoration but my kids thought it was the best cake I have ever made (and I bake daily). I love the pics of the cake you made with the gorgeous gingerbread houses. Stunning! I love following your blog and have all of your books. Du är inspirerande! Tack för att du delar dina fina recept och bilder. Jag var i Sverige som utbytestudent för tjugo år sedan och det är härligt att fortfarande ha en koppling till Sverige genom din mat.
Hi Emily, thanks so much for leaving such a lovely and kind comment, it completely made my day! So happy to hear your kids loved the cake 🙂 Vad bra du är på att skriva på svenska! Hoppas att du finner lite inspiration i de svenska recept jag lägger upp här då och då. xx
ellie | from scratch, mostly says
Oh my goodness, this is soooo dang adorable! It makes me want to really get into the holiday spirit even though I don’t enjoy Christmas (lol, too stressful). But I’m willing to feel stressed in the kitchen baking something like this. One thing that will always be fun no matter what–baking and cooking. 😉
Thank you so much Ellie! Christmas can indeed get overwhelming sometimes.. Baking is always a good idea, it makes me happy and calm unless something goes wrong.. hehe. xx
Antonella Pagliaroli says
You are the best! I’m in love !
Aww thank you Antonella!!
This is so cute! I love gingerbread houses but they’re way too fussy and too much work for me. I’m going to make this for a gathering for friends over the Christmas holidays, it’ll be the perfect centrepiece for the dessert table 🙂 Love the photos, such a stunning cake and presentation, and I love the adorable picture of you and your sweet little dog! 🙂
Totally agree with you there, I made them every year before and I remember the stress of just trying to get it to stay together.. haha. This is a much better idea and you get cake as well 🙂 Thank you so much Emily!!
Så himla fint – superinspirerande! Tack för att du delar med dig.
Tack snälla Jasmine! Kram!
With so much content on the internet these days it’s rare a photo makes me stop in my tracks and say “wow”. Congratulations on creating such a unique and exciting seasonal cake, I rarely make cakes this elaborate (I’m usually too lazy for icing even) but might have to give this one a try so I can ride on your coat tails and get those oohs and aahs myself.
Aww thank you so much Rosie, you are too kind!! Haha, honestly it’s still quite a small effort considering how great it looks! And you can make the cookies a few days before! xx
Looks so gorgeous and very divine. Simply love the look. Amazing! Will try making it.
Thank you so much Mamantha! x
Nancy Melrose says
What a fabulous cake!! So charming. I will definately be attmpting this for Christmas. Not sure my icing skills will be up to the mark but I’ll have fun trying. I’m also coveting your lovely jumper 🙂
Thank you so much Nancy 🙂 Honestly I’m not great at piping either.. I was so lucky to find that jumper, great flea market find!
This cake looks to good and pretty to eat. Absolutely gorgeous!
Thanks so much Nicole! I had so much fun with it 🙂